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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

East Tennessee State University says outsourcing custodians' jobs is far from a sure thing. Still, students and custodians are so worried about the possibility of jobs getting outsourced they're taking a stand.

The ETSU Student Senate passed emergency legislation this week urging leaders to preserve all jobs on campus, especially those that belong to the university's custodians.

"I feel like outsourcing some people's jobs is basically another way of saying, 'We want to save money,' and that's understood, but it's at the expense of what? At the expense of our employees that have been here for a long time," Student Senator Jayke Hamill said. "We thought that it was the duty and moral obligation of the student body to stand up and support custodial staff members."

Those staff members are already circulating a petition in opposition to outsourcing their jobs.

The university has said it needs to be prepared to make cuts if student enrollment fails to rebound. One of several cost-saving options leaders are considering is outsourcing roughly 100 custodian jobs. The university assures us the idea is only in its discussion stage.

Still, the idea has the support of Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville).

"I'm all for outsourcing," Lt. Gov. Ramsey said. "This is taxpayers' money we're talking about. How can you spend it most wisely? If an outside company can do janitorial services better, cheaper and faster then they out to be doing it."

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland intends to meet with ETSU's custodial staff next week to help calm some of their concerns and answer their questions.

Petition opposes outsourcing of ETSU custodians

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